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26 Jan 2020   ·   2

A Peek Into Our Week: Pregnancy update (week 26), bathroom redo, books, & romance

Welcome to my weekly life update where I share about my pregnancy & give you a peek into our life this past week. If you want to follow a lot more behind-the-scenes and real-time updates every week, be sure to follow my stories and posts on Instagram.

26 weeks!! This past week FLEW by and I can’t believe it’s time for another pregnancy picture and update.

Highlights

I’m continuing to feel so well overall. Yes, there are the normal uncomfortable parts and the fact that I have to lay down and rest/nap and move more slowly than my usual pace, but I cannot believe how well I’m doing compared to previous pregnancies!

It just goes to show that prioritizing healthy food, sleep, hydration, and exercise really can make a difference! (It may also help that every day has a lot going on so I not have a lot of time to sit around and think about how I feel!)

Notable

My belly is definitely popping out more and the baby is kicking a lot stronger and harder these days! It’s still so surreal for me… but feeling the elbows and knees protruding out make it more and more real.

Cravings

My diet is pretty limited these days in order to avoid heartburn triggers, but some of my standby’s right now are cereal/milk, apples with peanut butter, and a big salad with chicken and hard boiled eggs.

This basically makes up most of my eating right now — and I’m grateful that it tastes good, is nourishing, and doesn’t make me sick. Every day that I’m not experiencing extreme acid reflux like I did in my previous pregnancies is a gift.

Weight gain: 18 pounds

Check out my honest reviews on the 5 Books I Read This Past Week (+ 1 Classic Movie We Watched).

Did you see how we spruced up our upstairs bathroom on a budget? See the before and after pictures here.

The podcast episode this week on 10 Ways to Keep the Romance Alive was one of our most-downloaded episodes in a long time. Have you listened to it yet?

25 Jan 2020   ·   32

We Spent $71.30 on Groceries This Week (+ our dinner menu)

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

Last week, I only spent $60 on groceries, so I went a little bit over this week. Here’s what we bought…

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

Kroger Shopping Trip #3

  • 2 Tyson Anytizer Chicken — $3.99 each with Kroger weekend digital coupon
  • 3 dozen eggs — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Strawberries — $1.67
  • Carrots — $0.99
  • 1 bag avocados — marked down to $0.99
  • Milk — $2.89
  • Cage-free eggs — marked down to $1.29
  • Tortillas — $1.50
  • 2 Private Selection Chips — $0.99 each with Kroger weekend digital coupon
  • Refried beans — marked down to $0.49
  • 4 jars Pace salsa — $0.99 each when Kroger weekend digital coupon
  • Refried beans — $0.79
  • Total with tax: $28.89

Dinners This Past Week

By the way, what are your best tips for keeping lettuce fresh? I don’t want all the lettuce I bought to go to waste before we can use it, but it will probably take us at least 5-7 more days to eat through all that. Any great suggestions?

25 Jan 2020   ·   0
Disney Plus

FREE Month of Disney Plus after cash back! {HOT}

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Looking for a way to get Disney Plus for FREE? Don’t miss this deal!

Disney Plus

If you’re excited about Disney Plus and you’re looking for a way to try it for free for a while, don’t miss this HOT deal!

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Here’s how to get your FREE month of Disney Plus:

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2. Purchase a month of Disney Plus for $12.99.

3. Within 21 days, your TopCashBack account will be credited with $12.99 — enough to cover your purchase!

4. After you receive the $12.99 payment in your TopCashBack account, you can choose to transfer it to your bank account or request a Paypal payment.

This is for new TopCashBack members only. If you are already a member, you are allowed to sign up another adult in your household.

This deal is valid through February 3, 2020 — or while supplies last.

25 Jan 2020   ·   0
Complete Freezer Cooking Bundle

Complete Freezer Cooking Bundle for just $24.95 ($100 Value!)

Interested in getting started with freezer cooking? Don’t miss this great deal!

Complete Freezer Cooking Bundle

Kelly from The Family Freezer (previously known as New Leaf Wellness) has her popular Complete Freezer Cooking Bundle on sale for just $24.95 right now (a $100 value)!

This bundle gives you everything you need to start preparing easy and healthy freezer meals. It includes:

  • 100+ easy recipes that you can freeze without any cooking ahead of time
  • Full nutritional information for every recipe
  • Organized grocery lists that you can print and take shopping
  • Freezer meal labels that are formatted to print on Avery stickers
  • An Instant Pot “Cheat Sheet” that will teach you how to adapt crockpot freezer meals for your Instant Pot
  • 20+ pages of expert advice that will teach you how to prepare, package, and cook freezer meals safely and efficiently
  • And much, much more!

This is a super rare discount that typically only comes around twice per year. We probably won’t see it again until August 2020.

Valid through January 27, 2020.

Go here to purchase your Complete Freezer Cooking Bundle.

25 Jan 2020   ·   0
FREE Wardrobe Basics Builder

Download the FREE Casual Wardrobe Basics Builder

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If you struggle to come up with outfit ideas, this FREE Wardrobe Basics Builder is SO helpful!

FREE Wardrobe Basics Builder

Need some inspiration for simple outfit ideas? Sign up for the FREE Casual Wardrobe Basics Builder.

You’ll get a downloadable PDF with simple closest capsule wardrobe suggestions (you probably have most of these in your closest already!) and then 20 different cute outfits you can put together with those items. It’s so inspiring to see ways you can put together new outfits with what you already own!

Go sign up for your FREE Casual Wardrobe Basics Builder.

P.S. Don’t forget to listen to my podcast with the creator of this PDF and founder of Get Your Pretty On, Alison Lumbatis.

25 Jan 2020   ·   0

Brigette’s $89 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

My older sister, Brigette, shares her shopping trips and menu plans every week! You can go HERE to see all of her weekly menu plans and you can go HERE to read all about her family!

Aldi

3 bags Frozen Broccoli Florets – $2.85

2 cans Green Beans – $0.76

1 8-oz tub Baby Bella Mushrooms – $1.19

1 bunch Bananas – $0.66

1 pkg Cherub Tomatoes – $1.79

2 Avocados – $0.78

1 3-lb bag Pink Lady Apples – $3.89

1 plg Fresh Zucchini – $1.68

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.89

1 bag Mini Cucumbers – $2.09

1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $1.59

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.49

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.69

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.79

1 bag Romaine Hearts – $2.39

1 head Cauliflower – $1.79

2 dozen Eggs – $1.96

1 pkg Cheese Sticks – $1.99

1 8-oz pkg Sliced Deli Cheese – $1.79

1 pkg Goat Cheese Crumbles – $2.39

4 Single-Serving Greek Yogurts – $2.36

1 2-lb bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $5.19

1 2-lb bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $5.19

1 jar Organic Ketchup – $1.65

1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.85

1 pkg Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs ($1.69/lb)– $6.30

1 3-lb bag Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $5.89

1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89

1 64-oz carton Orange Juice – $1.64

1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.55

1 gallon Skim Milk – $0.97

1 64-oz carton Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.65

1 gallon Whole Milk – $0.97

1 jar Spaghetti Sauce – $0.85

1 carton Table Salt – $0.35

1 large can Black Olives – $1.05

1 Family-Size Box Honey Nut Crisp Oats – $2.45

1 box Raisin Bran – $1.59

1 32-oz box Spaghetti Noodles – $1.12

1 bag Pretzels – $0.82

1 bag Gluten-Free Pretzels – $1.85

2 loaves Sandwich Bread – $1.34

Grocery Total for the Week: $89.97

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast, Fruit, Yogurt, Smoothies, Scrambled/Hard Boiled/Fried Eggs, Veggie Omelets

Lunches

Pretzels and Peanut Butter, Cheese Sticks, Apples, Cucumbers x 2

Deli Meat and Cheese Sandwiches, Bananas, Mini Sweet Peppers x 2

Leftovers x 3

Dinners

White Chicken Chili, World’s Best Honey Cornbread (I bought the ingredients to make this last week, but then our stove wasn’t working all week, so we ended up doing grilled chicken instead! Since our stove is fixed now, this Chili is back on the menu this week – all I needed to buy to make it was chicken.)

Barbecued Meatballs (I make these using a mixture of ground venison and ground beef), Twice-Baked Potatoes, Broccoli, Tossed Salad

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs, Roasted Cauliflower, Tossed Salad, Biscuits

Dinners at a Friend’s House

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans, Tossed Salad

Spaghetti Carbonara, Easy Italian Breadsticks, Broccoli

Date Night Out (kids eat Grilled Cheese at home)

25 Jan 2020   ·   0

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25 Jan 2020   ·   0

Buffalo Wild Wings: Possible Free Wings on February 17, 2020

Here’s a fun possible freebie for some yummy wings!

Heads up! If the big football game on February 2nd goes into overtime, Buffalo Wild Wings will be giving out a free order of snack-sized chicken wings (either boneless or traditional) to everyone on February 17, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

No purchase necessary. Valid for dine-in orders only.

Thanks, Freebie Shark!

25 Jan 2020   ·   0

Free TCBY Frozen Yogurt on February 6, 2020!

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Free TCBY on February 6, 2020

To celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day, TCBY is offering all customers FREE frozen yogurt on February 6, 2020.

You’ll get your first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt and toppings completely for free!

Valid all day long at participating locations. Limit one per customer.

Thanks, Freebies 4 Mom!

25 Jan 2020   ·   6

Free JCPenney Kids Zone Event: Create a Valentine’s Day Desk Box on February 8, 2020

Looking for some frugal fun? Check out this upcoming FREE JCPenney Kids Zone Event!

Stop by your local JCPenney store on February 8, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. where your kids can create their own Valentine’s Day Desk Box for free! All materials will be provided by your store.

Plus, you’ll also receive a 10% off in-store coupon valid February 8th only.

{Plus, you can check here to see if there are any other JCPenney coupons available!}

Go here for more frugal fun ideas!

24 Jan 2020   ·   77

Sprucing Up Our Bathroom on a Budget

Note: This post is sponsored by At Home, but all opinions are my own. Read our disclosure policy here.

Refreshing Our Bathroom on a Budget

Have a space in your home that could use a refresh but don’t have a big budget to do so? I thought it would be fun to show you how I spruced up our upstairs bathroom — in just minutes and on a small budget!

Our upstairs bathroom has been a rather neglected room in our house ever since we moved in about two years ago. It was the bathroom that ended up getting all the rejects — the random towels, the red rug that was castoff from another bathroom, and a white shower curtain that we didn’t need in any other bathroom.

While this bathroom is primarily Kathrynne and Silas’ bathroom, it’s also often used by overnight guests who stay in Kathrynne’s room or by the kids’ friends or adults when we host groups and they are upstairs in our Bonus Room.

Despite it usually having quite a bit of foot traffic, I just hadn’t prioritized doing anything with it. So when At Home contacted me and asked me if I could write a post on refreshing a bedroom or bathroom on a budget, I knew exactly which space I should choose!

At Home’s Bed & Bath Event & Clearance Specials

By the way, At Home is currently running a huge Bed and Bath sale. If you’ve not been into this store before, it is a goldmine of deals.

Not only do they have weekly and monthly specials, but they also have incredible clearance deals. (For instance, right now, our store had over three full aisles’ worth of Christmas decor that was marked down 75% off!!)

One of my favorite things that At Home offers is their weekly Flash Finds. These are often deeply discounted deals for the week and are usually advertised right at the front of the store.

They have so many items that are available as part of the Bed and Bath Event — and many of them are under $30!

Jesse came with me to shop today. Want to know a true confession? We only do fancy restaurant date nights about 1-2 times per year (and usually with gift cards that our parents have given to us for birthdays or Christmas!).

However, we love going on frugal dates where we go grocery shopping and to other stores looking for deals!

I ended up deciding to keep it simple and get new towels, hand towels, and wash cloths. Plus, a rug and shower curtain set.

Before & After Pictures

I’m a little embarrassed to show you these pictures! Since I’m all about keeping it real, here’s the before of the bathroom. Like I said, it was badly neglected!

Speaking of keeping it real, notice that there aren’t any towels on the towel rack? Well, when I went to take the before pictures, the towel rack was completely empty! (I promise that my kids do actually take showers! ;))

Usually, the towel rack has some hodge podge of random towels — and they never match! Again, because this poor bathroom has just always gotten the leftovers.

Just 15 minutes and a few tiny changes later, the bathroom looks so much more inviting.

(And yes, the shower curtain probably needs to be ironed. However, there are two problems. 1) I don’t have an iron. 2) I figured that the steam from the shower would get those wrinkles out quickly!)

P.S. I’m torn on keeping the smaller rug in front of the toilet. Does it look weird there? I can’t decide. I thought about moving it to in front of the sink area instead. Also, I’d love suggestions for other simple ways to spruce up this bathroom.

24 Jan 2020   ·   0
Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro just $234.99 shipped!

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These Apple AirPods Pro are currently the lowest price on record!

Apple AirPods Pro

Amazon has these Apple AirPods Pro for only $234.99 shipped right now – the lowest price on record!

Please note that these will ship once they are back in stock.

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get guaranteed FREE two-day shipping (and possibly one-day or same-day shipping!). And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

24 Jan 2020   ·   18
Kindle Unlimited at breakfast

*HOT* Kindle Unlimited Trial: 3-Month Subscription Just $0.99 ($29.97 Value!!)

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If you’ve been wanting to try Kindle Unlimited, don’t miss this 3-month Kindle Unlimited Trial for just $0.99! It’s a great opportunity to score some fantastic reads on a budget.

Kindle Unlimited at breakfast

For a limited time only, you can sign up to get a 3-month subscription to Kindle Unlimited for just $0.99!

Since Kindle Unlimited is usually priced at $9.99 per month, this is a HUGE savings of $28.98!

This is a fantastic deal and we haven’t seen a Kindle Unlimited deal is a really long time.

The Day the World Came to Town

When you sign up for this deal, you’ll get access to over 700,000 ebooks and thousands of audiobooks — all for $0.99!

The available books change pretty often, but right now they have The Day the World Came to Town — a book I read last year and absolutely loved! I highly recommend reading it.

3-Month Kindle Unlimited Trial for $0.99

Interested in this deal? Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up for a 3-month subscription to Kindle Unlimited for $0.99.
  • Click on the Kindle Unlimited tab in your Amazon bar to search for available titles (you can search individually or sort by genre).
  • You’ll be able to add up to 10 titles to your Kindle Unlimited account at a time.
  • Once you’ve finished reading a title, just return it and borrow another.
  • You can read or listen to the titles on any device with the free Kindle app.
  • Be sure to cancel your subscription before your 3 month subscription is up, otherwise, you’ll be charged $9.99 per month.

Want some other suggestions of great titles to read that you can possibly read for FREE with your Kindle Unlimited Trial? Here are some other great reads that are currently available:

I’d love to know what other titles you find that you can read on Kindle Unlimited with this great deal!

To be honest, I don’t think this service is worth paying $9.99 per month (the usual rate) for. However, I think it’s every bit worth paying just $0.99 for three months! Even if you only read 2-3 books, it’s totally worth it!

Go here to sign up for your 3-month subscription!

24 Jan 2020   ·   0
Sorel Joan of Arctic Women’s Boots Only $95.74 Shipped (Regularly $190) + More

Sorel Joan of Arctic Women’s Boots only $95.74 shipped (Reg. $190), plus more!

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Wow! This is such a HOT deal for Sorel Boots!

Sorel Joan of Arctic Women’s Boots Only $95.74 Shipped (Regularly $190) + More

Right now, Sorel is offering up to 50% off select sale styles when you use the promo code SORELJAN at checkout! Hurry – sizes are selling out quickly!

Check out these deal ideas…

Sorel Women’s Joan of Arctic Boot – $142.90 (regularly $190)
Use promo code SORELJAN (up to 50% off regular price)
$95.74 shipped after code

Sorel Women’s Tofino II Boot – $127.90 (regularly $170)
Use promo code SORELJAN (up to 50% off regular price)
$85.69 shipped after code

Sorel Women’s Phoenix Zip Reflective Boot – $142.50 (regularly $190)
Use promo code SORELJAN (up to 50% off regular price)
$95.47 shipped after code

Shop all the styles included here.

Thanks, Hip2Save!